Heating for Some Residences Delayed in Brampton

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Hot summers call for AC, and cold winters call for heat.

While we have had a relatively hot summer in Brampton this year, it’s true that the weather is cooling down ever so slightly.

For anyone living in a rental unit in Brampton, it’s important to know that the City of Brampton has told landlords to delay turning on the heat until Saturday September 22, 2018.

A recent statement from the City reads that “in view of the weather forecast of 20 plus Celsius for most of September, the City has changed the start date from September 15 to September 22.”

You may or may not be aware that a bylaw exists in Brampton - the Adequate Heat Bylaw - where, among other vital services, adequate and suitable heat must be provided by a landlord in rental accommodations in the colder months between September 15 and June 1, to a minimum of 20 C.

There is no requirement of landlords to turn off air conditioning by a certain date.

Around this time of year in 2017, there had been some talk about how this bylaw can have unintended consequences. More specifically, landlords were being implored to switch off their heat - even though it was past September 15 - because residents were saying that having the heat regulated inside and facing the heat outside was unbearable.

Here in Brampton, city councillors understood the situation as well, and voted to amend the bylaw. So, the bylaw did not have to be enforced even though it was after September 15.

The Bylaw isn’t enforced during periods of extreme heat.

Hopefully tenants in rental units are comfortable so far this September.

You can learn more about the Bylaw here.

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